A man was charged Wednesday for firing his shotgun in the air when two boys rode their dirt bikes around the property near his.
Dennis Charles Benfield, 65, of 209 Shuffler Road in Morganton, was charged with assault by pointing a gun, two counts of communicating threats and discharging a firearm in city limits, according to an arrest report from the Morganton Department of Public Safety.
The report said police were dispatched to Redbud Drive for a shots fired call where the caller said a neighbor shot at her sons while they were riding dirt bikes. The caller told police where Benfield’s house was.
As police approached Benfield’s front door, he walked outside, slammed the front door and started to raise his voice, the report said. He got into one officer’s face, but stepped back when asked to do so.
When police told Benfield why they were there, he advised that the kids were always throwing up dust that made it hard for him to breathe, saying that he was tired of it.
Police asked if he had ever complained about it, but he said no. When asked if he fired his shotgun, he said he fired his shotgun into the air and that he should have just killed the kids, according to the report.
Benfield told police his guns were inside his closet. He initially refused when officers told him they were going to take the guns, but later agreed, the report said.
As officers were collecting the firearms, Benfield was asked to hold his pit bull, which was barking and growling at the officers. He didn’t attempt to hold the dog back, and was warned that if the dog tried to attack the officers they would have to take “appropriate action,” leading Benfield to tell officers that if they hurt his dog, he would kill all of them, according to the report.
Benfield was issued an $11,000 secured bond with his next court date set for this Wednesday, July 10, the report said.